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Release: Feb. 8, 2000

UI to offer eating disorder screenings to students Feb. 14-18

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Student Health Service and athletic department will offer free, anonymous eating disorder screenings for students Feb. 14-18, which has been declared National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

The National Eating Disorders Screening Program (NEDSP) is sponsoring several screening sites on the UI campus, including Student Health Service, dining halls and classrooms. Students will also be able to visit a local Website (www.uiowa.edu/~shs/), where they can complete a written questionnaire, receive educational materials, and, if needed, obtain referrals for treatment and support services.

The NEDSP is a national program organized by the nonprofit National Mental Illness Screening Project and is being held concurrently at some 1,500 sites nationwide during the week.

An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from some form of eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating. Although eating disorders primarily affect females, males account for 5 to 10 percent of all cases. In spite of this, effective treatments are available.

For more information, call Julie Gallagher, dietitian for Student Health Service and the athletic department, at (319) 335-8531.